maximum

noun
max·​i·​mum | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)məm How to pronounce maximum (audio) \
plural maxima\ ˈmak-​sə-​mə How to pronounce maximum (audio) \ or maximums\ ˈmak-​s(ə-​)məmz How to pronounce maximum (audio) \

Definition of maximum

1a : the greatest quantity or value attainable or attained
b : the period of highest, greatest, or utmost development
2 : an upper limit allowed (as by a legal authority) or allowable (as by the circumstances of a particular case)
3 : the largest of a set of numbers specifically : the largest value assumed by a real-valued continuous function defined on a closed interval

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Other Words from maximum

maximum adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web This option locks at a maximum of $60,000 per trailer and $7,500 per ReloCube. Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Aug. 2021 And of course Doncic will get the maximum and not a penny less. Dallas News, 6 Aug. 2021 Evans is scheduled to be sentenced on November 23 and faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, according to the statement. Brian Rokus, CNN, 5 Aug. 2021 Schools have fully reopened, and social and religious gatherings are again allowed for a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Mogomotsi Magome And Andrew Meldrum, Star Tribune, 26 July 2021 The charges carry a maximum of a life sentence and 20 years in prison, respectively. chicagotribune.com, 29 June 2021 The charges carry a maximum of a life sentence and 20 years in prison, respectively. BostonGlobe.com, 29 June 2021 On June 30—just two months after Mitchell had begun drafting his memo—Netflix announced its 2 percent commitment, totaling a maximum of $100 million at the initial announcement. Victor Luckerson, Wired, 5 Oct. 2021 If convicted of the battery on a law enforcement officer and other charges, Cruz would likely face a maximum of 15 years in prison. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, 3 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of maximum

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for maximum

Latin, neuter of maximus biggest — more at maxim

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The first known use of maximum was in 1663

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20 Oct 2021

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“Maximum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maximum. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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maximum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of maximum

: the highest number or amount that is possible or allowed

maximum

noun
max·​i·​mum | \ ˈmak-sə-məm How to pronounce maximum (audio) \
plural maxima\ -​sə-​mə \ or maximums

Kids Definition of maximum

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the highest value : greatest amount We had to pay the maximum.

maximum

adjective

Kids Definition of maximum (Entry 2 of 3)

: as great as possible in amount or degree We work with maximum efficiency.

maximum

adverb

Kids Definition of maximum (Entry 3 of 3)

: at the most … it will only take her two minutes—maximum—to get home.— Betsy Byars, The Computer Nut

maximum

noun
max·​i·​mum | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)məm How to pronounce maximum (audio) \
plural maxima\ -​sə-​mə How to pronounce maximum (audio) \ or maximums

Medical Definition of maximum

1a : the greatest quantity or value attainable or attained
b : the period of highest, greatest, or utmost development
2 : an upper limit allowed (as by a legal authority) or allowable (as by the circumstances of a particular case)

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maximum adjective

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